Winter Is Rough On Your Vehicle’s Front End: Time For An Alignment There’s nothing quite like a New York winter. And as rough as it can be on you and me, it can be even harder on your vehicle’s front end alignment. When your vehicle is out of alignment, it can put a strain on your tires and suspension, and even put you at risk in the process. Scheduling an annual vehicle service alignment can help ward off the ill effects of all of the snow, ice, potholes and random debris your vehicle encounters over the course of the season. Before an alignment, your vehicle will be inspected to address issues that could potentially affect the success of an alignment, including: Tire pressures Springs Steering joints Suspension ball joints Once these issues have been addressed, your vehicle service alignment will address several measurements include camber, caster and toe. Camber is the angle of the wheel. In most cases, the tire should line up almost straight vertically to allow the tread of your tires to wear equally. Caster is the angle of the wheels as they turn on the steering pivot attached to the suspension system. This angle affects steering response, straight line tracking and how well the vehicle will handle going into turns. Toe refers to the distance between the back and front of the tires. Usually, this is adjusted to zero toe, which means the tires are parallel or straight ahead. If this adjustment is off, it can cause rapid but equal wear to both tires. Neglecting an annual vehicle service alignment can put you at risk and cause unnecessary damage to your vehicle. Instead of gambling with your vehicle and safety, let our trained vehicle service technicians assess the situation and recommend the proper course of action. If you think your vehicle is out of alignment, contact NYE Automotive Group today for an expert consultation. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.